Antimicrobial Environments

A healthy environment has everything to do with proper cleaning procedures. Designing a facility that is easy to clean and maintain will help address issues related to the control of bacteria, mold and other microbial growth. Depending upon the specific use of the facility various measures can be taken to facility the maintenance and keep the facility clean. Hospitals, clinics, restaurants, kitchens, cafeterias, food and beverage processing plants, and animal care facilities present challenging environments to maintain because of the constant source of nutrients upon which microbes thrive.

Designers and facility planners need to understand what it will take to sanitize, disinfect and decontaminate varies finishes, fixtures and furniture. A healthy building must address air-, water-, and fluid-borne sources of contamination, as well as those which are spread through physical contact.

Designing for sustainability is an important consideration for both interior building health as well as the health of the environment. In conditions requiring frequent and aggressive cleaning procedures, the life cycle of some products can be significantly reduced. Specifying more durable and long lasting finishes reduces the frequency of replacement and interruption of facility services.

Seamless, non-porous flooring and integral wall systems are easily cleaned and minimize areas where mold, bacteria and other infectious agents might grow. This is especially true in wet environments but can also improve the overall indoor air quality in dry conditions with a proper cleaning program.

General Polymers Seamless Floor and Wall Recommendations:

Area System Benefits
Animal Care CERAM Decorative, Long Life
Food & Beverage Processing
New Construction

FasTop S & M
TPM 115

Rapid Return to Service
Cost Effective
Hospitals & Clinics Terrazzo Decorative, Low Life Cycle Cost
School Cafeteria CERAMIC CARPET Decorative, Non-Slip
School Corridors Terrazzo Design Options, Easily Cleaned
Wall Systems SANIFLEX Impact Resistant

All of General Polymers flooring systems can be installed with integral cove base which can be seamlessly transitioned to the wall system. All products are available with an antimicrobial additive which will protect the floor or wall system from microbial attack. Utilizing systems with an antimicrobial additive can help reduce odor associated with the presence of microbes.

Antimicrobial Additives

Although there are numerous products on the market which contain antimicrobial additives, these products by themselves cannot guarantee a healthier facility. No surface finish product can present a health related benefit without the proper cleaning procedures. Although independent testing of products may show a statistically significant reduction of organism growth, it is ultimately the cleaning procedures, facilitated by proper interior design, that maintain a healthy facility.

Recommended Areas for the Use of Antimicrobial containing Floor and Wall Systems

  • Cafeterias
  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Locker Rooms
  • Shower Rooms
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Animal Research Facilities
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Restrooms
  • Laundromats
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Health Clubs
  • Barracks
  • Clean rooms
  • Boarding Kennels
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Restaurants